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Count the Ginges and Enter The Draw !

May Competition – Count the Ginges !

This morning my walk with Choo Choo was joined by some of our ginger cats – how many can you see in this photo ? You can enter the draw to win one of my new Blown Away Wish Charms, handmade in sterling silver and perfect for a necklace or bracelet via my website – http://www.lavidalerie.com/Give-Aways.html

Ginger Cats - on a walk with Choo Choo

handmade silver wish charm competition

Good luck to everyone !  And if you can’t wait you can also order this charm and even have it personalised for you by clicking on the photo above.

Competition ends midnight Monday 4th May 2015.

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A Day Off and A Picnic on the Aubrac – Day 30

After a strange summer we are having wonderful weather, chilly in the morning and hot in the afternoon.  Yesterday we had a day off to reminded ourselves why we came to live here in the Aveyron.  We took Choo Choo up to the Aubrac, a beautifully unspoilt high plateau where the cows graze during the summer and skiers visit the ski stations during the winter.

Here are just a few of the photos Tim took to give you a taste of the beautiful area we live in.  We started off with a picnic at a deserted lake (clicking on the photo should take you into a larger version).

Aubrac

Followed by a (for me) very long walk behind the Royal Aubrac, a large building originally built as a sanatorium for patients to benefit from the pure clean air.  We met cows on the way and here’s Choo Choo hairing (well he is a ball of hair) back to us after deciding the cows were rather larger than he thought.

Lhasa Apso

First or last crocus

First or last crocus

Tim found this beautiful crocus, the Aubrac is famous for it’s rare orchids but you also see wild daffodils and narcissus in the spring – I don’t know if this is the last crocus of this year or the first of next (if that makes sense).

Dry stone walls - these are all over the Aubrac and around us - it never ceases to amaze us how much work must have been put in to make these.

Dry stone walls – these are all over the Aubrac and around us – it never ceases to amaze us how much work must have been put in to make these.

I was keeping an eye out for etching subjects and Tim took some photos of trees including this one….

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…that I have edited in the hope that it will be suitable for etching

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This is the image so far - I will need to make it completely black and white before printing it onto PNP paper for transferring onto metal.

This is the image so far – I will need to make it completely black and white before printing it onto PNP paper for transferring onto metal.

Join me tomorrow and see if it made a good subject for etching.

Snow at Home and on the Aubrac

A couple of days ago I wanted to visit the Aubrac before I missed the snow, not realising that I’d wake up this morning to 4 inches of the stuff 😉 It’s been very mild this year with only 1 real fall of snow and I’d forgotten how beautiful it is.

La Vidalerie garden in winter

Our visit to the Aubrac was short but as always wonderful, the Aubrac is a plateau above us, the transhumance brings the cows up to pasture in the summer along with the walkers and the winter brings the skiers.

Road winding through the Aubrac snow.  The road as usually was wonderfully clear with deep snow either side.

Road winding through the Aubrac snow. The road as usual was wonderfully clear with deep snow either side.

Trees just waiting to become designs for etching

Trees just waiting to become designs for etching

The Aubrac can be a bleak and beautiful place

The Aubrac can be a bleak and beautiful place

The village of Aubrac, a safe place for medieval pilgrims to stop on their route to Santiago de Compostella on the Chemin de Saint Jacques.

The village of Aubrac, a safe place for medieval pilgrims to stop on their route to Santiago de Compostella on the Chemin de Saint Jacques.

Chez Germaine in Aubrac village - perfect place to stop and warm up with a coffee and an enormous piece of fruit pie.

Chez Germaine in Aubrac village – perfect place to stop and warm up with a coffee and an enormous piece of fruit pie.